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New Hampshire man appeals conviction for killing teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:40
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man is appealing his conviction for killing a 19-year-old college student lured to his apartment for sex. Seth Mazzaglia, 31, was found guilty in June of first degree murder and several other charges related to the 2012 killing of Elizabeth Marriott, who was a student at the University of New Hampshire. Mazzaglia was sentenced last month to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His attorney, Joachim Barth, filed a notice of appeal late Friday that raised several objections to how the trial was conducted. ...

5 Peoples Temple victims among names released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:37
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Five victims of the 1978 Peoples Temple mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, were among the names released Monday by Delaware officials of people whose cremated remains were recently discovered inside an abandoned funeral home.

Police: Burglary suspect flees after confronted by resident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:36

 Burglary suspect flees after confronted by residentPolice in Delaware County arrested an attempted burglary who they say ran from the home after being spotted by the resident.

Governor vows capture of Pa. trooper's killer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:36

 Rifle used to ambush Pa. troopersInvestigators followed up on leads as the intensive manhunt for a gunman who ambushed two troopers outside their remote barracks, killing one, continued.

Atlanta airport to reopen after partial shutdown over suspicious package

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:34
(Reuters) - Part of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was set to reopen on Monday after a suspicious package found inside the departures section of the international terminal caused a brief shutdown, an airport spokesman said. Local and federal authorities were quickly on the scene on Monday afternoon to investigate the package, which was detonated and determined not to have been dangerous, airport spokesman Reese McCranie said. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Peter Cooney)

New York City needs to step up nail salon inspections: watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:33
By Sebastien Malo (Reuters) - New York City needs to beef up inspections of its 2,000-plus nail salons to ensure that customers are not exposed to health hazards during routine manicures, the city’s top watchdog said on Monday. Public Advocate Letitia James recommended that the city set up its own team of inspectors to complement a state-led force of 27 who are responsible for an estimated 5,000 salons in New York, from Long Island to the Canadian border. ...

Miss America responds to 'Red Cup' performance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:30

Miss America responds to 'red cup' criticismThe new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup.

Obama awards Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War veterans

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:22

Obama awards the Medal of Honor at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, America's most distinguished honor for heroism in combat, to two soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, one who survived and one who was killed in action. Obama hung the medal around the neck of 80-year-old Bennie Adkins, of Opelika, Alabama, who as a 32-year-old Green Beret in 1966 braved enemy fire again and again to help fight back an attack by the North Vietnamese on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. ...

Oklahoma City bombing memorial adds new exhibits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:13

Cassidy Middle School seventh grader Malavika Rajaram, 12, watches an interactive touch screen display in the newly renovated second floor of The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, in Oklahoma City Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts were unveiled Monday at the memorial and museum, dedicated to the deadly 1995 bombing. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul B. Southerland)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts were unveiled Monday at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum dedicated to the deadly 1995 bombing.

Bullying at Florida school led to boy's suicide, mother says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:13
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy whose mother on Monday said fatally shot himself in his middle school bathroom last week because he could no longer endure unrelenting bullying by fellow students. "The hopelessness was overwhelming," Shaniqua Hawkins, the mother of Lamar "Shaq" Hawkins III, told a news conference. ...

Bill Cosby to loan art collection to Smithsonian

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:11

Bill Cosby to loan art collection to SmithsonianAfter amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution.

Judge sees confession tape in '79 missing boy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:08

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez, right, appears in Manhattan criminal court with his attorney Harvey Fishbein, in New York. Circumstances of Hernandez' confession are set to be scrutinized at a hearing to determine whether his statements are fair game for trial -- a question that rests partly on whether he was mentally capable of waiving his rights. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — After the videotape clicks on, the 53-year-old calmly tells investigators how he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz in the basement of a Manhattan convenience store on May 25, 1979. He describes putting the boy, who was still alive, into a plastic bag, then putting the bag inside a box and dumping it nearby.

Judge OKs auction for closed Revel Casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:55

Judge OKs auction for closed Revel CasinoA U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee is objecting to the proposed auction date for the Revel Casino Hotel and a $3 million breakup fee that would go to a Florida developer if he's outbid for the recently shuttered site.

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:52

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says Jill Kelley can press her claim that the FBI and Defense Department violated her privacy when officials allegedly leaked information about her to the news media. Berman also tossed out more than a dozen other claims of government wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

Competency exam ordered in Wisconsin 'Slenderman' stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:43
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA Wis. (Reuters) - One of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend to please the fictional Internet character Slenderman must undergo a mental competency exam, a judge ruled on Monday. The order of an exam for Anissa Weier, 12, on Monday by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren follows his ruling in August that co-defendant Morgan Geyser was mentally incompetent to stand trial in the stabbing. ...

Vietnam soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:43

Donald Paul SloatWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War.

Dozens of Illinois students treated in suspected carbon monoxide leak

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:36
By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Dozens of middle-school children in the southern Illinois town of Girard were taken to hospitals on Monday with nausea and dizziness possibly brought on by a carbon monoxide leak from a furnace, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. An employee who answered the phone at Girard City Hall - 25 miles south of the state capital, Springfield - confirmed that a number of students from North Mac Intermediate School were being treated, but had no other details. ...

Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat wave

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:31

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought.The most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ...

UN Security Council to meet on Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Thursday on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, saying the situation on the ground is "dire" and getting worse every day.

Atlantic City's Revel casino goes to auction after heated hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:25
By Tom Hals (Reuters) - The bankrupt Revel casino hotel in Atlantic City will go to auction on Sept. 24, a judge ruled on Monday, after the only bidder clashed with creditors who wanted to slow the rushed sale. Judge Gloria Burns in Camden, New Jersey also set Sept. 23 as the deadline for competing bids to top the $90 million offered by Florida developer Glenn Straub and his Polo North Country Club Inc. Revel cost $2.4 billion to construct. Revel also got approval to pay Straub a $3 million break-up fee if his is not the winning bid at the auction. ...